Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Writing Workshop

How I have grown as a writer!
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We brainstormed during large group times things we used to do and what we do now at writing workshop time.   We went in our writing workshop folders and selected a story from September or October. 

I know this is a difficult task for students, but my goal for this lesson is to get students to be reflective about their work and to realize how much we have been learning about writing.

 Over the next few weeks, I will be having students reflect on for their portfolio. 

I have an easier sheet below that ask students to circle how they did.  Ideally, I wish I did this every month and hope to do this next year.  

You can also find a simple sheet I use for published books.
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Class Chart

 Organizing Stories Each Month

  I used to take all of their stories and put a cover on them and bind them together into a big book. It would be crazy trying to figure out the order in which they wrote them. 

I do encourage students to date stamp, and we have a date stamp person, but books still don't always have dates! 

I like to put writing workshop stories together. 
I staple a color cover and put 5/6 pages inside.

My students can add papers or take papers out. This year, I made all the September and October stories with a purple cover.  

Each month I change the color of the cover

It had helped me so much in keeping track 
of when they wrote them. 

When we look at our work, I can say
pick a story with a purple cover.

Samples of Student Reflection

I used to put no words, but now I write words.

I used to write with the marker, but now I do better.

I used to do no colors, but now I do three colors.
I used to not great writing, but now I do really good writing.
I used to repeat the story, but now I do different pages

Publishing Books
I have parents publish stories. In November, we have an Author's Share each child gets up and reads a story to the group. It's a large group, but the kids do great! Some years I publish lots of books some years I don't.   It depends on the group of kids. The student fill in the sheet below. 
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  1. Wow!


  2. Oh my goodness - I love this!

    I'm your newest follower - found you over on Pinterest!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  3. Thanks for sharing. I too am a "pile-it" person. I love your ideas. I am following you.

  4. I have been on your blog all day! You have so many great ideas! I love all your ideas. I'm your new biggest follower! I found you on Pinterest as well.

  5. Hi Lauren, Thank you! I am so glad your following me!!Melissa

  6. Great Ideas Lauren! Do you have them anywhere else other than on Scribd to download? I am having difficulty doing that.
    Thank you!

  7. This is amazing!! I loved reading this blog. You seem like you really enjoy teaching. This is my first time teaching elementary kids. I was a middle and high school teacher for ten years. Man..I went into the wrong field. So much stuff to do with the little ones. Thanks for posting some great ideas.

  8. Thank you DD for your wonderful comments!! Little kids are amazing and enjoyable!!

  9. Late to the party, but love this post on workshop! And I'm glad that I am not the only kindergarten teacher who 'makes piles and cleans up piles'.

  10. I would like to try this with my kinders, but I am unable to download since I am not a member to scribd and do not want to pay. Bummer!


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